Current PedSDP Residents

Jessie Yester, MD, PhD

Jessie Yester, MD, PhD

PGY-5

College/Medical School: North Carolina State University, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University

Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology

Mentor: Bernhard Kuhn, MD

Research/Interests: 

  • Determining the molecular pathways of cardiomyocyte proliferation and regeneration
  • Cardiotoxicity

Onome Oghifobibi, MD, MSc

Onome Oghifobibi, MD, MSc

PGY-5

College/Medical School: University of Benin

Fellowship: Neonatal-Prenatal Medicine

Mentor: Mioara Manole, MD FAAP

Research/Interests: 

  • Cerebral Blood Flow and Cerebral Microcirculation after Pediatric Cardiac Arrest
  • Therapeutic hypothermia
  • Hypoxic Ishemic Encphalopathy
  • Neuroprotective agents

Awards:

  • Burroughs Wellcome Physician Scientist Incubator

View Dr. Oghifobibi's bio.

Megan Culler Freeman, MD, PhD

Megan Freeman | Pediatric Resident

PGY-4

College/Medical School: University of Kentucky/Vanderbilt University

Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Mentor: Carolyn Coyne, PhD

Research/Interests: 

  • RNA viruses 
  • Zoonoses
  • Cell biology of viral infection
  • Vaccine response
  • Infections and biologic therapies

Awards:

  • Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (PIDS) - St. Jude Fellowship
  • First Year Fellow Teaching Award 

View Dr. Freeman's bio.

Catherine Poholek, MD, PhD

Katie Poholek | Pediatric Resident

PGY-4

College/Medical School: University of Notre Dame/ University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Fellowship: Rheumatology

Mentor: Mandy McGeachy

Research/Interests: Elucidating the IL-17 mediated pathways that drive autoimmunity

Glenn Rapsinski, MD, PhD

Glenn Rapinski | Pediatric Resident

PGY-4

College/Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine 

Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Mentor: Jennifer Bomberger, PhD

Research/Interests:

  • Characterizing risk factors for multi-drug resistant Gram-negative infections in pediatric patients to help determine who require broadened empiric antibiotic coverage
  • Improving antibiotic use in Cystic Fibrosis populations
  • Characterizing effects of viral infections on bacterial colonization and microbiome in the cystic fibrosis patient lung

Awards:

  • Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs Pediatric Scientist Development Program 

Taylor Eddens, MD, PhD

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PGY-2

College/Medical School: Washington and Jefferson College/University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Fellowship: Allergy/Immunology

Mentor: John Williams, MD

Research/Interests:

  • How the immune system functions in the lung following infection, both in regard to protective responses that clear the pathogen and pathologic responses that may lead to bronchospasm and asthma-like inflammation.
  • Elucidating the protective and pathologic CD4+ T-cell responses to Pneumocystis infection in mice.
  • Elucidating the protective and pathologic CD4+ T-cell responses to viral infection in mice.

View Dr. Eddens' bio.

Allan Joseph, MD, MPH

Allan Joseph, MD, MPH

PGY-2

College/Medical School: University of Notre Dame/Brown University

Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Mentor: Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS

Research/Interests:

  • Geographic organization of the pediatric acute-care and critical-care health system
  • Variation in costs and quality across pediatric centers
  • The effect of consolidation in specialized services on outcomes and costs
  • Differences between pediatric and adult referral patterns and implications for understanding regional systems of care

Awards:

  • Little Apple Teaching Award (School of Medicine)
  • Jeffrey Farkas Intern Teaching Award

View Dr. Joseph's bio.

Michael Zhang, MD, PhD

Michael Zhang, MD, PhD

PGY-2

College/Medical School: Attended University of Iowa for both!

Fellowship: Allergy/Immunology

Research/Interests: Immunology/T cell biology

View Dr. Zhang's bio.

Sydney Rooney, MD

Sydney Rooney, MD

PGY-1

College/Medical School: Johns Hopkins University/Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Fellowship: Cardiology

Mentor: Undecided

Research/Interests: Predictive analytics in the pediatric cardiac ICU, machine learning, big data

View Dr. Rooney's bio.

Elif Soysal, MD

Elif Soysal, MD

PGY-1

College/Medical School: Koc University School of Medicine

Fellowship: Undecided

Research/Interests: Redox Biomedicine, mechanisms of cell death pathways in animal models of sepsis and traumatic brain injury.

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Andrew Spurr, MD

Andrew Spurr, MD

PGY-1

College/Medical School: James Madison University, Georgetown School of Medicine

Fellowship: Undecided

Mentor: Dr. Arvind Srinath

Research/Interests: Gut Microbiome, Biomedical Big Data/Bioinformatics

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John Wang, MD, PhD

John Wang, MD, PhD

PGY-1

College: UC Berkeley

Medical School: New York University

Fellowship: Genetics

Research/Interests: Modeling of Genetic Diseases

View Dr. Wang's bio.